Hot Spot!

So, it’s been one of those days. What would you consider a hot spot? I know, that little bar and grill down the road with the great band on Saturday night. How about the yarn shop with the friendly knitting and wine group that meets every Wednesday afternoon? Maybe it’s the ranch in the valley that has the great barn concerts with tacos once a month? Oh, not in this house! A hot spot is what develops on Duffy’s neck after a bug bite of some kind. Can a dog leave it alone? Or quit scratching it after they have it raw and bleeding? Not likely.  Anyway, with our little man in tow, off to the vet. Sixty two dollars later, we have the solution in hand, two prescriptions, one an anti-inflammatory, the other a antibiotic ointment. At least we had those drugs left over from previous visits. Now, how to keep him from scratching it? Baby socks would work. There goes another $5. We are going to keep those socks as long as Duffy! We should have kept the shorts I made for him after he got neutered which we needed again when the groomer attempted to complete the job by cutting his dingy bad enough for another trip to the vet. By the way, they all know him by name now, and he just walks in, goes to the examining room, and jumps up on the table like he owns the joint. Well, he we probably paid for a good part of it.IMG_2187Close-up.IMG_2191Now I’m doing dog laundry.  Who knew?IMG_2185I’m almost finished with my “travel” socks.  I use the “afterthought heel” technique.IMG_2199I made a project bag for a “Thank you” gift.  I had some leftover inkle loom straps and cut up a pair of Pat’s jeans.  The Kumihimo cord is a nice finishing touch.IMG_2194Here’s my airplane knitting project.  It’s alpaca fingerling yarn from a local alpaca farmer and I’m knitting another shawl.IMG_2201Today is the “Official Last Day of Monsoon Season”.  This is some of the rain we received last week.  This is our regular bike path.  IMG_2169This is the wash that runs through our neighborhood.  There was no home flooding, but made a mess of our walking trails.IMG_2162And lastly, a BIG THANK YOU to the Yarn Babes, for an early birthday celebration for the ladies with birthdays in August, September and October.  What a great bunch of friends.IMG_2148

See ya,



About psobrien

Hi, my name is Sandy and I am a retired professional quilter turned fiber artist with my main interest in spinning wool , using natural plants to dye fiber to be used in tapestry weaving. I grew up on a dairy farm in Kentucky, travelled around the world and now make my home in Southeastern Arizona with my husband, Pat and Duffy, our Westiepoo.
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2 Responses to Hot Spot!

  1. Cheryl says:

    Hot spots on our dogs can be so tough. If they’d just leave them alone. lol Our dog, Salsa, has had a few. Sounds like you got out of the vet pretty cheap. We haven’t had such luck over the past week. Salsa re-injured her ACL on our trip and we had to order a brace for her last week….cha ching…$300. Then, I took our sweet kitty, Penelope, to the vet yesterday and it turned out that she has a severe bladder infection. Combine that with her update on vaccines and it cost us over $200. Double Ugh! Couldn’t not do any of it though cuz we love our furry family members so much. 🙂 Speedy healing to Duffy! Great idea with those cute little socks! Happy for you all how you’ve gotten so much rain in AZ this summer. Sure wish we could get some here. We’ll continue doing rain dances. 😉

  2. Poor Duffy! The sock is cute, though.

    Wow, you have had a LOT of rain there.

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